Fermented foods have burst onto the health scene, but experts say no evidence probiotics benefit the healthy

Fermented foods like kefir and kombucha have burst onto the health scene, but experts say there is no evidence that probiotics benefit healthy people

Certain naturally fermented foods are becoming trendy as more people rush to populate their gut with probiotics, or good bacteria, to boost their overall health and mental well-being.

Bottles of kombucha and milk kefir have shown up on supermarket shelves and in online stores.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2018, with the headline 'Ferment for a healthy gut?'. Print Edition | Subscribe